“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
—Winston Churchill

Instant gratification has become deleterious to the processes of learning and developing. There is a false ideal that if you’re not immediately good at something, you’ll never be good. This false ideal compounds the already challenging processes of learning and developing, making learning a new skill or building a new thing substantially harder than it would be otherwise.

If you already have it in your head that it takes effort and discipline to succeed, you’ll be less likely to quit. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

You do, however, have the tools to persist. You have the ability to move beyond the crutches of instant gratification. Your ability to persevere is what will take you beyond the initial struggle and into the realm of competency. But it takes work to develop this ability. Perseverance, in essence, takes perseverance to develop.

It’s the age-old employment conundrum repackaged: you need a job to get experience, but you need experience to get a job. In this case, perseverance is the experience AND the job, and you are the employer. It’s up to you to give yourself the chance to develop. The working factor here is that once you decide to persevere, to push through and do the work, it becomes just a little bit easier to do it again the next time.

Keep choosing to persevere, and you’ll build yourself a habit.
Build the habit of perseverance, and you can build anything.

But it takes work.
So do the work.

Get moving.
Keep moving.